Primary Students Freed From Heavy Bags

HAI PHONG:  Hundreds of primary school students in Chu Van An Primary School in northern Hai Phong City will no longer have to carry heavy bags to school this year when an initiative to stop homework for students begins, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Chu Van An is the city’s first school in the country to allow primary students to keep all of their books and studying tools in their own classroom drawer after school time. Students will only need to carry school bags home on Friday to review lessons during weekends.

The initiative was proposed by the school’s principal Trinh Thi Minh and approved for trial by the municipal Department of Education and Training.

Heavy school bags have become a hot issue for years after a recent Ministry of Education and Training survey in several Hanoi primary schools showed students had to carry 4-kilo school bags to school everyday, which may affect their bone structure.

The ministry has sought to lighten the load of the school curriculum as a method of reducing the number of textbooks students have to carry.

The initiative of Chu Van An Primary School has already showed positive results from teachers, students and families.

Nhu Thi Thanh Dung, teacher of Class 1A5 said students in her class have already become used to doing homework at school after lessons only one month into the initiative’s implementation.

“We can study and do lessons together – good students will help the weaker to finish their exercises,” Dung said.


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